Category: Pipka art

‘Tis the Season in Door County Photo courtesy of I love these few pre-season weeks. We shopkeepers are sweeping the sidewalk, raking the grass and preparing the earth for flowers so everything looks beautiful when you arrive. Collage art by Smith Studio Inside, at Pipka’s, we’re arranging the bookshelves and hanging art. The aroma […]

Remembering … A Family Easter Do you have family Easter memories? I remember feeling very grown up because my Mother always bought us new clothes to wear for Easter Sunday.  And candy! After Lent, we could finally have candy! Easter dinner included my Mother, brother and me. We were a small but happy family. Mother […]

Vintage Easter Greetings! Hello Everyone! German and Austrian artists popularized postcards in the early 1900s when it only cost a penny to send a card. This card shows the German influence in the furniture, the table and chair, as well as the hunting hat with the feather in it. Postcards have inspired me throughout my […]

Easter Egg Artistry My German ancestors brought their Easter egg tradition to America when they came to Pennsylvania in the 1700’s. Always a symbol of birth, the egg became a symbol of Christ’s rebirth after death. Germans gathered forsythia branches in a vase and decorated them with colorful eggs they dyed with natural ingredients such […]

Summer is coming to an end with the recent appearance of the early signs of fall. In Door County, our September days have been warm and caressing, while the nights are so cool it makes me want to cozy up with a soft sweater and a good book. I love the brilliant colors of fall […]

  Kids are going back to school! My son, Jon, a former chef, makes the most healthy yummy treats for my grand-daughter, Ava, to tuck into her leak proof Bentgo lunch box. Food just looks better and stays fresh and air tight in all the fun Bentgo compartments. (I may have to get one for […]

What does “Dog days of summer” mean? Hot, sultry weather, flowers starting to fade in the garden, a sign that summer is coming to an end. The Greeks and Romans associated this time of year with thunderstorms, hot weather and mad dogs because Sirius, the brightest star in the constellation at this time, is called […]

Weight…as women, in culture, we all struggle with weight issues. As we mature we seem to have even MORE weight issues. We may not be as active as when we were younger or our metabolism slows down and we can’t eat all the foods we used to LOVE to devour! One piece of cake and […]

Cupcakes are the perfect portion size for birthdays, weddings, and large family get-togethers. I like to make them with my Almond Cake batter, adding a generous amount of icing on top, and then decorating them with a theme to match an occasion. It could be as simple as lemon zest for my Almond Lemon cupcakes […]

Hearts are a timeless symbol of love. I’ve used heart images in my art throughout my career, beginning with simple hearts and tulips in my early folk art days; to heart collages, cards and paintings in subsequent years. Recently, I completed a series of heart collages made up of antique heart-shaped tart molds into which […]